Arsenal's problems have worsened greatly with reports that star midfielder Alexandre Song could face up to two years jail time over an alleged assault in Cameroon. ESPN Star has reported that the Cameroon international was involved in a brawl in the town Douala which left a student in a critical condition.
Fortunately Song has not been arrested over the matter but was "heavily involved" in the incident. This comes as even more bad news for the Gunners' faithful with a potential player exodus at the Emirates. A number of key players are looking likely to depart Arsene Wenger's squad with Gael Clichy already completing a £7 million signing to Manchester City whilst Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie have all been linked with exits.
Song is set to return to Arsenal pre-season training in the coming days, which is situated in London, and the 23-year-old does not have to attend a court hearing in August over the incident. It is believed that Song's body guards were the main instigators in the incident.
The Cameroon international is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in World Football and is a pivotal presence in Arsenal's line up. Not known for his aggression, many have stated their surprise over Song's alleged involvement.
The alleged victim Ludovic Achille Mouaha stated:
Two bodyguards blocked my way telling me I couldn't use it because Alex Song was inside. He then came out and was visibly angry. I ended up in a drain and afterwards went to hospital.
It is not a joyous time for Arsenal or their fans. All are hopeful that the arrival of new, quality signings, along with the re-signing of current players, will bolster their chances at the Emirates.